Montague Community Park Cemetery, Kings Co., Prince Edward Island
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Remembering Charles McLure World War I
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John Charles McLure 3204459 Private 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia Regiment (‘H’ Company) Canadian Army Medical Corps (England and Canada) December 11, 1895 (Official Year of Birth: 1894) Murray Harbour North, Prince Edward Island May 27, 1918 Charlottetown, PEI Murray Harbour, PEI 22 5 feet, 5¾ inches Medium Black Grey Carpenter Single Presbyterian Cartney David McLure (Father) Murray Harbour North, PEI August 28, 1919 April, 1966 Montague Community Park Cemetery, Kings Co., Prince Edward Island Charles was the son of Cartney David McLure (1856–1928) and Margaret (Dixon) McLure (1858–1941). Charles had two sisters, Lucy Belle and Barbara, and brothers George, Adam, William David, Cameron, Chester, Howard, and Benjamin. Charles grew up on the family farm and was employed as a carpenter prior to his enlistment in 1918. In June 1917, the Canadian Government introduced conscription. Charles was 23 when the Canadian Parliament passed the Military Service Act in August 1917, and registered as required. November 20, 1917 Reported for his Medical Examination under the Military Services Act May 27, 1918 Official Attestation, Charlottetown, PEI (Training at Aldershot, NS) August 2, 1918 Embarked Halifax on the troop transport SS Ixion August 15, 1918 Disembarked Liverpool, England August 16, 1918 Taken on strength on arrival from Canada and assigned to Bourley Segregation Camp at Aldershot, England. August 16, 1918 Assigned to 17th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott. January 30, 1919 Struck off strength from the 17th Reserve Battalion and transferred to CMAC Depot at Ripon and to the Granville Special Hospital, Buxton February 12, 1919 Taken on strength with CAMC Casualty Company at Witley July 2, 1919 Granted leave July 18, 1919 Returned from leave July 19, 1919 Transferred to CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) “G” Wing at Witley. August 13, 1919 8.G.S. ‘J’ Wing Canadian Corps Camp, Witley on proceeding to Canada. Struck off Strength to Canada; Returned to Canada on SS Saxonia August 23, 1919 Assigned to Disposal Station ‘B’ Halifax, NS August 28, 1919 Discharged on demobilization at Halifax, NS He returned to Montague and lived with his older brother, Adam, on School Street, in Montague until he married Ruby Ann Campbell (1895-1979). The family lived in Montague and there were three children. The Montague Furnishing Co. made household furniture on a small scale and the company began to make coffins for local use. The first building was situated on the corner of Main and Mill streets and was destroyed by fire in 1911. The Owen Connolly building on Main Street on the north side of the village was acquired and the Montague Furnishing Co. grew and expanded making caskets for customers in every province of Canada, and the West Indies. At its peak the company employed some fifty people. Charles was employed as a carpenter with the Montague Furnishing Co. as their moulder man and in later years as a foreman. His wife, Ruby, prior to their marriage, was also employed with the company, involved in preparing the interiors of caskets. In 1939 through 1945, the years of WWII, Charles served as an Air Observer Warden in Montague. The helmet he used was donated to the Wartime Heritage Association by the family of his son, Barrie C. MacLure, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in January, 2019.